Biden Promises to Hold Republicans Accountable for Trans Youth Bills

Biden Promises to Hold Republicans Accountable for Trans Youth Bills

The revealed it plans to hold Alabama — and other states — responsible for culture war bills.

White House Press Secretary delivered scathing remarks following the introduction of an amendment to Alabama’s transgender bathroom restrictions.

AL.com reports:

“In Alabama, instead of focusing on critical kitchen-table issues like the economy, COVID, or addressing the country’s mental health crisis,” White House press secretary Jen Psaki said Thursday, “Republican lawmakers are currently debating legislation that, among many things, would target trans youth with tactics that threatens to put pediatricians in prison if they provide medically necessary, lifesaving healthcare for the kids they serve.”

Psaki added that the U.S. had put several state legislatures on notice for working on legislation affecting transgender youth, among other issues.

The Daily Wire’s Amanda Prestigiacomo notes:

Psaki claimed Republicans fighting for such parental rights and protecting kids from irreversible trans surgeries and treatments are “engaging in a disturbing, cynical trend of attacking vulnerable transgender kids for purely partisan, political reasons.”

Prestigiacomo cited reporting from Jesse Singal that partially challenged Psaki’s claims. Signal, who’s written for The New York Times and The Atlantic, mentioned 11 studies indicating that most children outgrow their gender confusion.

Psaki’s remarks coincided with fast-moving developments on Thursday from the Alabama State House in Montgomery. State Sen. Shay Shelnutt introduced an amendment prohibiting classroom discussion on gender identity for elementary school students earlier that day.

Shelnutt’s amendment came on the last day of the state’s legislative session.

“We don’t think it’s appropriate to talk about homosexuality and gender identity in schools; they should be learning about math,” Shelnutt said.

The amendment sailed through the Senate by a 25-5 margin. It passed the House following a 70-26 vote Thursday night before moving to Gov. Kay Ivey’s desk. 

 AL.com further reports how Alabama isn’t the only state that finds itself in the White House’s crosshairs:

“Alabama’s lawmakers and other legislators who are contemplating these discriminatory bills have been put on notice by the Department of Justice and the that laws and policies preventing care that healthcare professionals recommend for transgender minors may violate the Constitution and federal law,” Psaki added.

In a letter sent in March addressed to all U.S. state attorneys general, Assistant Attorney General Kristen Clarke, for the Justice Department’s Civil Rights Division, reinforced federal nondiscrimination obligations afforded to trans youth.

Psaki concluded her remarks by reiterating that research shows gender-affirming healthcare for transgender kids is best and potentially lifesaving, given the high suicide rate.

Besides Alabama — Arizona, Florida, Kentucky and Oklahoma have recently passed bills addressing abortion and issues.

Meanwhile, Republicans continue to push back on the White House, saying their policies are just and popular with the American people.

At least one poll from Florida shows DeSantis’ bill has the support of the majority of the state’s suburbanites, parents and Democrats.

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